L.A. Unified Bars Federal Immigration Agents From Its Campuses

L.A. Unified is just the latest district working to assure families that their children can attend school without the threat of deportation.


CCSSO Offers Counseling on 'Complex' K-12 English-Language Learner Policy

The guidance offers a four-stage framework to help states in "analyzing issues and strengthening policies and practices for defining ELs."


Does the Term 'English-Language Learner' Carry a Negative Connotation?

Students at a Massachusetts school think so, and they're petitioning the White House to get the federal government to drop the phrase in favor of a "strength-based label."


Obama's Deferred Action Policy for Immigrants to Get Supreme Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the Obama administration's policy offering relief for undocumented immigrant parents of children who are U.S. citizens.


New Federal K-12 Law Fails to Address 'Value of Bilingualism,' ELL Scholars Say

Some ELL researchers say the new ESSA law fails to make bilingualism and biliteracy a priority for all students in the United States, including English learners.


Will Schools Be Prepared for Latest Surge of Unaccompanied Minors?

While districts can estimate how many new students they will be absorbing from the border crisis, many won't know how many additional resources they'll need until students show up.


Utah Unveils New Wrinkle For Seal of Biliteracy Honor

Starting with the graduating class of 2017, Utah will offer a two-tier seal of biliteracy to recognize students who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages.


English-Language-Learner Graduation Rates Are All Over the Map

West Virginia, Arkansas and Iowa were the states where graduation rates for ELLs topped 80 percent. Less than a third of English-learners in Arizona and Nevada graduated on time.


The Most-Read Blog Posts of 2015 From Learning the Language

With the end of the year fast approaching, here's a roundup of the 10 most popular posts on the Learning the Language blog from 2015


Report Recommends Longer School Day for English-Language Learners

A study from the National Center on Time and Learning explores how extended school days boosted achievement at three high-poverty U.S. elementary schools.


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